Help! I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!

Well I now know how Mark Twain felt when he said, “The reports of my death were greatly exaggerated!”

I wrote about cooking a Thanksgiving dinner for my nephew to celebrate his birthday to be served at today’s (Sunday as I write) lunch. Yesterday I noticed the AC unit was not putting out cold air and this morning as I was getting the turkey and roasts in the ovens I realized it was very warm in my kitchen. Bottom line, I looked at the thermostat and it was 80 degrees in the house and the AC wasn’t working, at all! Well long story short we took all my food over to my sister’s house, fortunately in my back yard, and had a wonderful lunch, finally!

So why did I tell you that? Well I got home around 5 and my house was boiling in the downstairs area but the good news is that the upstairs is on a separate, smaller unit so my bedroom was nice and cool. I stayed in my room and took phone calls, answered text messages and finally decided I needed to go get a glass of ice water and as my phone was now showing 17% battery I plugged it in and went downstairs. While I was down there I did a few things that needed to be done then sat down in my recliner which is directly under a fan and sat for a minute, I thought, watching the cartoon version of Beauty and the Beast and thinking about the day I saw it with my granddaughter at the IMAX at the Georgia Mall, to drive there is the task of Sisyphus! I was locked in for the evening since my family was out of town, part leaving, part coming back home and suddenly I heard a car door slam and people running up to my porch, it scared me and I was standing up when my door flung open, the alarm started blaring and my son looking white around the mouth and holding his chest said, “MOM, I’m so glad to see you alive! Where have you been? I have been trying to call you for thirty minutes and sis said she tried to text you then call you, we even called the house number (battery in house phone dead) I was afraid I was going to come in here and see you at the bottom of the stairs!” Well it’s kind of embarrassing to tell your grown son that you were watching a cartoon and forgot that you didn’t have your phone attached to your body! I immediately called my daughter where I got the same speech, and I had to laugh… I guess they were afraid their mom had met her demise!

I, like Mark Twain was when he said the oft quoted statement, am alive and well, and I fully expect for them to come in here soon with one of those necklaces you wear so that you can say, “Help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!”

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